Charlamagne Tha God, host of “The Breakfast Club”, has found himself back in the headlines following an alleged sexual assault 17 years ago.
In 2001, the radio personality, real name Lenard McKelvey, was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. At the time, police dropped the criminal sexual assault charges with only a minor charge issued against McKelvey.
Now, that woman is coming forward again, claiming she wants “closure.”
Back in 2001, McKelvey cooperated with the investigation and took a DNA test which proved he did not have any sexual contact with his accuser. But he did plead guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor after serving alcohol to underage kids (including the woman at the time).
Charlamagne has teamed up with attorneys Marty Singer and Michael Weinsten who told TMZ, “More than 17 years ago, Charlamagne was accused of a sexual assault. He never had sexual relations or any physical contact with the accuser and even provided DNA to prove it.”
They added, “At the time of these claims, Charlamagne cooperated fully with authorities, and after the investigation, this charge against him was dropped.”
And now, they are “considering taking legal action to protect his name and reputation.”
“Charlamagne has spoken about this many times over the years in public, including in his book. While Charlamagne has empathy for all sexual assault victims, he cannot take responsibility for a crime he did not commit.”
However, South Carolina Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson issued a statement on Thursday noting that the case was resolved in 2002 when the radio host struck a plea deal with the state, allowing him to plead guilty to the lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor with the state dismissing the other charges.
“The plea was negotiated because the alleged victim in the matter did not cooperate with the prosecutor,” said Wilson in a statement. “The prosecutor made this agreement because of the victim’s absence and the lack evidence available at the time. While the tools and technology of justice have evolved, in cases involving personal violence, the State must have the witness to prosecute. Too often, the key witness will not come forward in support of criminal prosecution. Trying a tough case is no problem; trying an impossible case is not ethical.”